Whether it’s gaming I’m after, or if I want to spend some time watching some of my favorite shows and movies, I’m typically sitting in front of my HDTV each and every night. And since I spend so much of my time with it, having a viable television sitting in my living room is something that I’m always concerned about. But lately, all the talk in the television market has revolved around the future adoption of 3D TV by an increasing number of consumers. Speculation abounds that over time, consumers will start warming to the new technology and see it as a valuable option in their living rooms.
When I first heard about the possibility of 3D making its way to my television years ago, I was skeptical, to say the least. I’m not too keen on the 3D experience in the movie theater, and the very thought of having to sit in my living room with 3D glasses on while I watched a show just didn’t appeal to me.
However, recently I had the chance to try out 3D TV at a friend’s house. And much to my surprise, the experience was much nicer than I thought it would be. Not only was I not annoyed by wearing the glasses, but I quickly realized that it added something (substantial, at times) to my entertainment experience.
Now, I should note that I was only viewing 3D content for a short time. And it’s entirely possible that being forced to put 3D glasses on each passing day to enjoy the new technology I paid handsomely for could get annoying.
But the experience showed that I’d be willing to give 3D a fair try. Will I eventually enjoy it? Who knows? Will I hate it? It’s certainly possible. But I realized while trying out 3D TV that I don’t have enough evidence yet to decide. And maybe immersing myself in that experience for a while will help me decide if 3D really is a technology that I want to live with going forward.
Of course, trying out 3D can be a costly prospect. Most HDTVs without 3D technology can be purchased for less than those with 3D. But in many cases, those sets that feature 3D TV also boast some better specs. So, even if someone doesn’t use the 3D option, they won’t necessarily lose so much value on their money. And at the very least, they’ll have 3D for whenever they might need it in the future.
That’s the justification I’m going to use whenever I buy another HDTV. Yes, it might cost me more whenever I do it, but at least I’m getting a lot for my money. And it provides me with an experience that I might just find to be far more viable than anything else I’ve enjoyed to this point.
I might not have much company in this, but I think it’s time to try out 3D TV. We all might get burned by it, but it’s making its way to the market in a big way, and the onus is on us to decide if it really does deserve to be a part of our future entertainment experiences.
Don Reisinger is a technology and video game columnist. You can see what he's up to each day on Twitter by following him @donreisinger.
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